(Last Updated On: 10/07/2023)

When I told a friend from my hometown I had been to Regina that day, I received ‘No idea what that is’ for an answer. That’s yet another proof that, as far as tourist promotion and marketing is concerned, Extremadura ranks low.


This article is NOT sponsored. That means:

•I have NOT been paid for writing it.
•I have NOT received any other form of compensation (free products or services) in exchange.

Regina is a former Roman city located in the south of Badajoz province, just outside Casas de Reina and a 10-minute drive from Llerena. Despite its relevance as an archaeological site, not many people outside this area know of its existence.

Regina Roman Theatre, Extremadura_1

I went there during my last trip back home in February and I was surprised at many things. The place was completely empty when we arrived. It was before 4 pm, and I knew the site closes at 5 pm, but we were told by the single employee on site that it was closing at 4.30 pm. I got the feeling we spoiled the man’s plan to go home a bit earlier that day…

Entry is free, and so is the parking. I’m not against free entries but, in a forgotten area like this one, a small entry fee of a couple of euros wouldn’t hurt anyone’s pockets and it will help cover some expenses or part of the man’s salary.

About Regina

The Romans chose a mining area in the north of the former Baetica province to build the city of Regina in the 1st century AD. It had a strategic location along the road from Augusta Emerita (now Mérida) to Corduba (now Córdoba). Archaeological research studies show that Regina was a walled city of significant proportions. It had close to a dozen streets with houses, several religious temples and civil buildings, as well as an extensive sewage system and, at least, two cemeteries.

Today, only 20% of the remains have been dug out. While it’s not much, it gives a good idea of how important a site this is. The remains you can visit are in two areas separated by quite a big fenced piece of land full of sheep. The path takes you first to the remains of several buildings and houses, and then to the main attraction at Regina – its theatre.

Regina Roman Theatre, Extremadura

During the Roman times, this theatre could accommodate an audience of about 1000 people. It has been preserved quite well and today it is one of the four venues in Extremadura hosting plays during Mérida’s Classic Theatre Festival, which takes place in summer. The other three venues are the Roman theatres in Mérida (of course) and Medellín, as well as the former Roman city of Cáparra, in Cáceres province.

The theatre is located at one of the ends of the city, and the surroundings have not been excavated yet. Sitting on the top row of the stands you feel like you just stepped back in time and there’s nobody around. The stage is set against nothing more than flat countryside and blue skies.

Regina Roman Theatre, Extremadura

Despite its huge potential as a tourist sight, Regina doesn’t receive the recognition and the funding it badly needs.

Regina on a map
Regina Turdulorum: practical info

Opening times: Tue-Sun from 10am to 5pm (last entry at 4.30pm)
Free entry
Free parking
How to get there from Llerena: take the EX-200 towards Casas de Reina for 6.9 km. Then turn left to the BA-004 for 800 m until you see the sign post reading ‘Teatro Romano de Regina’. Then turn left and until you reach the entrance.
Website (in Spanish): http://www.reginaturdulorum.com/

© Piggy Traveller. All rights reserved

Irene Corchado Resmella

Irene Corchado Resmella

I'm a UK-based independent Spanish sworn and legal translator working as ICR Translations. On Piggy Traveller, I share my home region of Extremadura with the world to encourage travellers to discover a different Spain.